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Assessing and Improving Cognitive Measurement in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS)

a PSC Research Project [ARCHIVE DISPLAY]

Investigators:   Willard Rodgers, Robert Willis

The major activity of this subcontract will be to collect several cognitive measurements in multiple modalities from a national random sample of respondents in N=2,000 households. Data collection will take place in two phases. In the first phase, respondents will complete a portion of the existing HRS survey (demographics, health, and cognition) and a new set of cognitive measures based on the WJ-III via telephone. In the second phase, respondents will complete a more lengthy battery of measures (including cognitive tasks based on the WJ-III, WAIS, ETS, and additional measures of memory, executive functioning, affect, and personality) that will be administered face-to-face in the respondent’s home. Data will be analyzed to examine data quality and develop sampling weights prior to delivering the data to the University of Virginia research team. Data will be compared with existing HRS data and assessed for nonresponse and missing or inaccurate data. These data will be used to create a public-use NGCS-HRS dataset that will be analyzed for deciding how to improve upon existing HRS cognitive measures in future waves of the HRS. These data will be collected by the Survey Research Operations division of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan.

Funding Period: 05/01/2006 to 04/30/2010

Country of Focus: USA

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